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Alcohol & Other Drugs Resource Center

119 Wetzel Hall
(309) 298-2457
8:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday

WHAT IS AOD?

AOD stands for the Alcohol and Other Drugs Resource Center at Western Illinois University. We are a division of Beu Health Center and are here to serve the university community in addressing issues with alcohol and other drugs.

When should students be referred to the AOD Center?

  • If their lifestyle includes the use of illicit drugs
  • If alcoholic beverages and/or drugs play a significant role in their leisure activities
  • If they are losing time from school or work due to the use of alcohol and drugs
  • If their drinking or drug use has caused them to be careless of their friends' welfare
  • If they have had legal or financial repercussions due to drinking or drug use
  • If they are having health concerns (such as high blood pressure or gastric upset) due to excessive consumption of alcohol
  • If they have done something significant that they regret or been injured due to the use of alcohol and/or drugs
  • If they committed a crime or have been an inadvertent victim of crime due to intoxication and/or risky behavior
  • If they drink or use drugs to escape worries or troubles, enhance mood or to relieve stress

SERVICES

We provide services in the following areas:

  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Treatment
  • DUI Evaluations
  • DUI Risk Education
  • Prevention Programs
  • DUI Early Intervention

EMERGENCY

If you are faced with an emergency, please dial 9-911 from a campus phone or 911 from an off-campus phone. Do not hesitate to call if you are at all uncertain yours or another person's condition or concerned for their welfare. You can not place a price on a life and in the long run they will thank you for looking out for them.

Parents: If you are trying to find your student and are worried they may be in trouble, you can try calling student services at (309) 298-1814. You can also call Campus Police (OPS) at (309) 298-1949 or McDonough District Hospital at (309) 833-4101.

AOD Staff

Vivian Coeur

Vivian Coeur - AOD Clinical Director

Dr. Iverson

Dr. Iverson - Chief Medical Officer for AODRC

staff photo Vicki Jobe-Crosby

Vicki Jobe-Crosby - Outreach Coordinator, AODRC

What is alcohol poisoning?

Alcohol depresses nerves in the body that help control involuntary actions such as breathing and the gag reflex (prevents choking). Drinking too much alcohol will lead to a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and cause these involuntary actions to stop.

CRITICAL SYMPTOMS OF ALCOHOL POISONING:
  1. Unconsciousness or inability to rouse the person
  2. Mental confusion or stupor
  3. Vomiting
  4. Seizures
  5. Slow breathing (fewer than 8 breaths per minute, but everyone is different! One person could be in danger at 9 breaths per minute, while another is fine at 7. Never hesitate to call 911!) Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths)
  6. Hypothermia (low body temperature), cold/clammy skin, pale or bluish skin/lips
What Should I do if I Think Someone Has Alcohol Poisoning?
  1. Know the danger signs
  2. Do not wait for all symptoms to be present. The person's BAC can continue to rise while they are passed out. It is dangerous to assume the person will be fine or will sleep it off.
  3. If the person is conscious or semi-conscious, roll them on their side. This will help prevent them from choking on vomit.
  4. Never leave the person alone, unless you must leave to call 911
  5. Never assume the person is just sleeping. If you can not wake them, call 911!
  6. If there is any suspicion that a person has alcohol poisoning, call 911 immediately. Don't try to guess their level of intoxication.
What can happen to someone who displays symptoms of alcohol poisoning, but doesn't get help?
  • The person could choke on his/her vomit and asphyxiate or develop aspirational pneumonia.
  • Their breathing slows, becomes irregular, or stops
  • Heart beats irregularly or stops
  • Hypothermia
  • Hypoglycemia (too little blood sugar) can cause seizures and brain damage
  • Severe dehydration from vomiting can cause seizures, permanent brain damage, or death if left untreated

WHAT IS BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT?

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is a measure of the concentration of alcohol in the blood. This can be affected by how much a person drank in a certain time frame, what alcohol they were drinking, their gender, body weight, food consumed prior to and during drinking, genetics, and a multitude of other factors. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 can result in an individual being arrested when operating a car under the influence. A blood alcohol content of 0.35 or higher can result in breathing stoppage, coma, and possible death.

HOW CAN I DRINK RESPONSIBLY?

  • Drinking responsibly means you must act responsibly first. Be a responsible adult and assign a designated driver for the evening if you do plan on drinking.
  • Eat before you drink!! Real food (not chips, dip, pretzels or salad) will help your body absorb the alcohol slower and thus enter your bloodstream slower. Be sure to avoid foods (such as those salty fries) that will make you more dehydrated.
  • Alternate your drinks. Drink a glass of water or other non-alcoholic drink for every alcoholic drink.
  • Drink SLOWLY. Don't guzzle, shoot, or throw back your drinks. If you drink too fast, your body won't have a chance to keep up and tell you when you have had too much, until it's too late. A good rule to live by is one drink an hour.
  • Count your drinks and set a limit before you go out.
  • WATCH YOUR DRINK. Never leave it alone, keep it close to you and covered if you can, and certainly don't put it down to get jiggy with that hottie on the dance floor!
  • Avoid punch bowls. Not many people think of this. Who is going to drug the whole party? Of more concern is that you don't know the alcohol content of the punch. In addition, drugs or other illegal chemicals could be in the punch, so steer clear of them-you never know what's in there!
  • Get your own drink. Don't accept a drink from anyone else. It doesn't matter how cute they are.
  • Don't mix. Alcohol and illegal drugs are a bad combination and taking them together can land you in a lot of trouble. Always check with your pharmacist to make sure it is safe to drink alcohol with your prescription or over-the-counter medication.
  • Take the E-chug to get a clear picture of all of this.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MODERATE DRINKING, HEAVY DRINKING, AND HIGH RISK DRINKING?

Moderate drinking is an average of one drink or less per day for women and an average of two drinks or less per day for men. Heavy drinking happens when a person exceeds the moderate drinking standards. High risk drinking is 5 or more drinks in one sitting or within a short amount of time. For women, high risk drinking is 4 or more drinks.

WHAT IS A HANGOVER AND HOW CAN I GET RID OF IT?

A hangover is your body's way of saying it has been poisoned by alcohol and is going through the effects of the withdrawal. Hangovers can occur approximately 8 to 12 hours following the last drink and can range anywhere from fatigue, depression, headache, thirst, nausea, and vomiting.

The only way to get rid of a hangover is to give your body time. You can help your body clear the alcohol out of your system by keeping your body hydrated with water and other caffeine-free, non-alcoholic drinks. Eating something before bed may help as well.

WHAT IS ALCOHOLISM?

Alcoholism is a chronic illness distinguished by a person's dependence on alcohol. Some signs of alcoholism could be a craving for alcohol, inability to regularly limit the number of drinks they have, withdrawal symptoms when not drinking (physical dependence), and a tolerance or need to drink more to feel the effects from alcohol. There are outlying factors that could increase a person's probability of becoming an alcoholic, such as genetics or environment. There is no magical cure for alcoholism, but getting help in counseling and treatment can help someone quit drinking.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED WITH DRINKING LONG-TERM?
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver diseases
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Intestinal bleeding
  • Weight gain
  • Bone loss
  • Decreased testosterone
  • Brain damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Enlarged heart

HOW CAN I TELL IF I OR MY FRIEND HAS A PROBLEM?

Respond "yes" or "no" to the following statements:

  1. Your personality is altered when you drink alcohol
  2. When you are presented with a social scenario (i.e., a party) that has no alcohol, you feel uncomfortable
  3. You sometimes have a drink to help you sleep
  4. You have been arrested for intoxicated behavior or driving under the influence of alcohol.
  5. Even after your friends say they've had enough alcohol, you want to continue drinking.
  6. Your family or friends have expressed concern about your drinking.
  7. It is hard for you to stop drinking after just a couple drinks.
  8. Drinking has caused you to be late to work, skip class, or perform poorly on an exam.
  9. Certain friends encourage you to drink.
  10. You find yourself at times craving a drink.
  11. You always seem to end up drunk when you drink, even if that wasn't the intention
  12. When you're sober, you regret things you said or did while you were drinking.

WHAT DO I DO IF I NEED HELP?

Call the AOD/RC or another licensed facility with expertise in substance abuse and schedule an appointment to meet with a substance abuse counselor. At the AOD/RC, this is free of charge.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

What do AOD, BAC, and DUI stand for?

AOD is Alcohol and Other Drugs Resource Center, BAC is blood alcohol content, and DUI is driving under the influence.

Will my family find out that I come?

The AOD/RC abides by the same confidentiality rules and regulations that Beu Health Center exercises. If you are 18 years of age or older, we can not release information to your family regarding the information discussed in session, without your written permission.

Do you promote abstinence?

If you are under 21 it is illegal to drink even if you don't think it should be. We would prefer students to make choices that did not involve alcohol or any mood altering substance, but we only promote abstinence for students under the legal drinking age. We promote responsibility and accountability. We educate students to be safe if they choose to drink.

When does AA meet?

Please visit the AA-Macomb website.

When does NA meet?

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Immanuel Lutheran Student Center, 303 N. Clay St., Macomb, IL

Can I drink if I am taking medication?

It can be dangerous to mix prescription medicines with alcohol and/or recreational drugs. Most medications will interact with other drugs and substances, causing serious reactions and potentially lethal reactions. There are currently 150 medications should not be mixed with alcohol. Check with your pharmacist whether your prescription or over-the-counter medication will interact adversely with alcohol. As a general rule, it's best to be avoid alcohol if you are on medication. Also check with your pharmacist regarding the interaction of alcohol and over the counter medicines such as pain relievers, allergy or cold medicines and sinus OTC drugs. Many over the counter medicines can also be dangerous when taken in combination with alcohol.

I'm a faculty member and I have a trouble student – what do I do?

Call the AOD Center for advice, and input on how best to obtain help for students with potential addictions. AOD Counselors can provide faculty education on alcohol addiction treatment and prevention, and can also create and provide classroom presentations around the topic of drug & alcohol abuse, alcohol-related injuries, assaults and STD's and tips for discouraging students arriving in class "under the influence".

How can I help make a difference on campus?

Volunteer your time to worthy organizations. Become an Amethyst Advocate and help promote safer drinking choices and a safer campus. Have your RA call AOD to have a specialist come talk to your floor about drinking and other drugs. Have the president of your sorority or fraternity do the same and call us to come talk to your fellow members about issues that relate to them.

How much does an appointment at the AOD/RC cost?

Court-ordered evaluations for clients mandated to receive services by the state or by WIU's Student Judicial Services are $85.00. The cost of DUI evaluation is $100.00 and a DUI evaluation update for the state is $55.00. The DUI Risk Education class series (4 classes/total of 10 hours) is priced at $100.00. Early intervention (individual or group) education is charged at $30/hour. Individual or group treatment sessions are also priced at $30/hour. Most weekly treatment appointments are 1 hour in length. Initial consultations on alcohol or substance use/abuse are free of charge for non-mandated clients. Initial appointments for self-referred individuals needing help or advice for a friend are free of charge. If you feel your friend has a problem with drugs or alcohol, you can talk to a substance abuse counselor free of charge.

My friend drinks a lot and often, but I can't seem to get them to slow down. What can I do to help them?

The first thing to do is seek expert advice. You can talk to a counselor at AOD free of charge and anything discussed in your session is strictly confidential. Your AOD counselor can provide another perspective on the situation and give you tips on how to support your friend's wellness. If you feel that you want to talk to your friend about getting help for their drinking problem, Making sure you do confront your friend when you are both sober to help ensure success in being heard. A good way to learn about helping those with problematic substance use is to attend Al Anon meetings or to attend AA meetings with the person you are supporting. Help and interpersonal support goes a long way towards helping those with alcohol or substance abuse problems.

Information about Alcohol and Other Drugs was obtained from the health center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, from the American Council for Drug Education, and from the Bacchus Network.

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